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MEP at The Ohio State University

As the largest industry sector in the state of Ohio, accounting for 17% of the state’s GDP, manufacturing is critical to Ohio’s economy and future. Small and Medium Manufacturing Entities (SMMEs) represent over 90% of all of the manufacturing companies in Ohio. While these companies represent the engine of growth for the state, there are many challenges they have to overcome to achieve that growth.

The Ohio State University’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME) was chosen by the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) to support the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program. This program is a logical extension of Ohio State's land grant mission and provides access to the university's resources for SMMEs in the 37 counties making up the Central and Southeast regions of Ohio.

The MEP initiative at Ohio State focuses on providing value-added manufacturing consulting services to the identified SMMEs in our region. The initiative creates and maintains a network of regional support partners to assist these companies in the execution of their growth plans. SMME potential clients are not charged any fees for initial consultations.

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Southeast Ohio Regions by county* Central Ohio Region by county**
Adams Belmont Franklin
Athens Carroll Marion
Gallia Coshocton Union
Hocking Guernsey Logan
Jackson Harrison Madison
Lawrence Holmes Fayette
Meigs Jefferson Ross
Morgan Monroe Pickaway
Perry Muskingum Fairfield
Pike Noble Perry
Scioto Tuscarawas Licking
Vinton   Knox
Washington   Morrow



*Awarded October 2017

** Awarded October 2016

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The Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program is funded in part by the U. S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Ohio Development Services Agency and local partners, including the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence. Ohio MEP is driving productivity, innovation and global competitiveness for Ohio manufacturers with a focus on small and medium sized enterprises (SME).